Characterizing cochlear implant artefact removal from EEG recordings using a real human model

Jaime A. Undurraga*, Lindsey Van Yper, Manohar Bance, David McAlpine, Deborah Vickers

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Electroencephography (EEG) recordings from CI listeners are contaminated by electrical artefacts that make it difficult to extract neural responses. Previously, we have removed these artefacts by means of interpolation and spatial filtering. However, the extent to which this method can effectively reduce electrical artefacts has not been fully investigated. Here, we assessed the effectiveness of interpolation and spatial filtering to remove electrical artefacts using recordings from a human head specimen implanted with a CI. 

• Electrical artefacts were obtained using amplitude-modulated (AM'ed) pulse trains presented at several pulse rates (100-to-902 pps) or using high rate pulse trains (902 pps) in which either a pair of electrodes or AM frequencies alternated periodically at a rate of 1Hz. 

• By adding auditory change complex (ACC), auditory steady-state response (ASSR), or auditory change following response (AC-FR) template waveforms to the contaminated recordings, we show that interpolation allows for effective artefact removal for pulse rates below 400 pps whilst interpolation and spatial filtering are effective at higher pulse rates, with minimal distortions for ACC and AC-FR, and with a degree of amplitude- and phase-distortions for ASSR. 

• Recordings from CI listeners agreed with simulations, demonstrating that reliable responses can be recovered.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101369
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2021

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  • electrical artefact
  • cochlear implant
  • DSS
  • spatial filter
  • interpolation
  • inter-DSS
  • ASSR
  • ACC
  • AC-FR
  • steady-state
  • eASSR
  • eACC
  • eAC-FR


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